Jaguars @ Patriots AFC Championship Game: Will the Jaguars Upset? Or is this just another AFC Title for the Patriots?

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The New England Patriots will be hosting the Jacksonville Jaguars for the AFC Championship game  in Foxboro, Massachusetts at Gillette Stadium, at, at approximately 12:05 pm Western Time,3:05 Eastern Time on  January 21, 2018. The winner of the AFC Championship Game will go on to play either the Minnesota Vikings or the Philadelphia Eagles in the Super Bowl, according to NFL.com

For the New England Patriots, this is the same game they’ve been playing for in the last seven seasons. This will be the Patriots seventh straight AFC Conference Championship appearance since 2010.

Although the Patriots have been to the AFC Conference Championship Game 10 times, they’ve only won 9 times.

The Patriots hold the number one seed in the AFC conference and currently has a 13-3-0 record. In they’re most recent game, they worked quick with home field advantage against the Tennessee Titans in the Divisional Playoff game for a 35-14 win, according to Patriots.com

The Jacksonville Jaguars as one of the few teams to never win a Super Bowl, this game is a big step forward to changing that of that title. The Jaguars have been in the playoffs 6 times since 2007, now recently 7 times.

This will be the Jaguars first AFC conference appearance in 18 years. The Jaguars, still at third seed have a record of 10-6-0. The Jaguars won against the Pittsburgh Steelers 45-42 in the Divisional Playoff game at Heinz Field. The high-scoring game was  helped the Jaguars prevail by only 3 points kicked by a field goal by Jaguars kicker Josh Lambo according to Pro Football Reference.com

The Jaguars as the underdog in this AFC Championship Game, are respectively second in scoring defense (16.8 points per game) and No. 1 against the passing offense (169.9 yards per game) by a wide margin. The Jaguars are currently No. 1 in both Regular Season and postseason rushing yards with an average of 159.5 yards per game (postseason) according to CBSsports.com

The New England Patriots may not be the challenge when it comes to rushing the ball, (101 yards per game,) but the Jaguars have much to worry about Patriots Quarterback Tom Brady and the New England Receivers. The Patriots were No. 2 in passing yards during the Regular Season (4418 yards total) and currently have an average of 337 yards per game in the ongoing Postseason. This year Tom Brady has currently thrown 4,577 yards and 32 touchdowns total. As the No. 1 seed in the AFC Conference, the Jaguars should have much to worry about according to ESPN.com